Dave Zirin has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States,” by Robert Lipsyte. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin writes about the politics of sports for The Nation where he is the first sportswriter in 150 years of the publication's existence. His latest book is the acclaimed "Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down," which Christine Brennan of USA Today called "the perfect book for our time in sports."
Winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism's 2011 “Excellence in Sports Journalism” Award, Dave Zirin hosts Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He is also a columnist for SLAM Magazine and the Progressive and his articles frequently appear on The Rag Blog. Zirin is a regular guest on MSNBC, CNN, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, NPR’s All Things Considered, and other major media outlets. His earlier books include the NAACP Image Award-nominated "The John Carlos Story," "Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love," and "A People’s History of Sports in the United States," part of Howard Zinn’s People’s History Series."
Ron Jacobs wrote at The Rag Blog that “Dave Zirin takes on those people and institutions that have crippled sports in the name of profit and power while championing those athletes and others who have used their name and position to make sports a force for change.” And New York Magazine's Will Leitch said that "Dave Zirin, as the years go by, sounds less and less like a politically slanted leftist rabble-rouser and more like the only sumbitch who understands what the hell's going on."
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 57:00.